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AAC Goes to High School: The Power of Peers

December 17, 2018 by - 3 Comments

AAC Goes to High School:

We’re so pleased to welcome back Sarah Mueller, who teaches high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Rochester, Michigan. In this post, she shares her experiences in working with peer mentors and how she has helped to facilitate meaningful relationships between students with and without disabilities. Don’t miss her video or the links to download some of the materials they used. Enjoy!     The Power of Peers We often talk about the functions of communication and their importance in developing and expanding the students’ communicative repertoire. Moving beyond requesting to protesting, commenting, and greeting and other functions is often the focus. But as high schoolers included in the school community, my students want to be social with their peers without disabilities. What does that look like for students with complex communication needs? How, as a teacher, can you structure social opportunities to teach and practice core? What... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Implementing AAC in an Elementary Classroom

December 5, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: Implementing AAC in an Elementary Classroom

Interested to learn more about how AAC is implemented in classrooms at the elementary level? In today’s featured video, Colorado-based special educator Sarah Fischer shares thoughts, examples, resources, and reflection on her journey to support AAC learners. Many thanks to Sarah and to Saltillo for making this video available. In her presentation, Sarah refers to a video about another project that was implemented in her classroom. You can learn more about Twin Powers here.  Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZHchn6T1z0&t=231s

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PrAACtical Resources: Teachers’ Toolkit For Students With Little Or No Speech

November 26, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtical Resources: Teachers’ Toolkit For Students With Little Or No Speech

Looking for resources that promote successful school experiences? Need tools that support inclusive educational practices? Developed by Communication Rights Australia, the Teachers’ Toolkit for Students with Little or No Speech is a website that school personnel can use to identify effective strategies and supports for students with complex communication needs. Their Teachers’ Checklist contains a series of questions that are linked to topics on a range of supports and strategies that can make a big difference in the lives of AAC learners. There are also helpful forms for teams to develop a Student Profile and Individual Learning Plan. You can begin to explore their AAC resources here.  

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How We Do It: AAC Training for Educational Assistants

October 22, 2018 by - 2 Comments

How We Do It: AAC Training for Educational Assistants

We’ve been focusing on training communication partners recently and today we’re focusing specifically on paraprofessionals/educational assistants. Our guest post is authored by SLPs Corinna Duffitt, M.Sc., RSLP  (practicing for 21 years, 14 years in AAC) and Jennifer Wiegert, M.A., CCC-RSLP (practicing for 21 years, focusing on AAC for the past 6  years).  They are colleagues on an AAC team with 4 other SLPs in a large school district in Surrey, BC, Canada.   Their school district consists of 101 elementary schools and 20 secondary schools.   Corinna and Jennifer are both passionate about giving children a voice and letting that voice uncovers their potential. They recently joined their private practice endeavours, outside of their public school positions, to form Chickadee AAC Communication Services. You can find them on Instagram (@chickadeeaacslps or #chickadeeaac), check in on their website, and/or follow them on Facebook. :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: AAC Training for Educational Assistants Some of the challenges we encountered... [Read More...]

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Video of the Week: Integrating AAC into the Classroom

September 12, 2018 by - 2 Comments

Video of the Week: Integrating AAC into the Classroom

Here in the US, we’ve been back in school for a while and that makes it a good time to reflect on ways to integrate AAC into the classroom. Today’s video by Megan Conover as part of Saltillo’s webinar series. In this session, she covers some basic strategies that adults can use to help beginning AAC learners be successful in the classroom. Many thanks to Saltillo and Ms. Conover for creating, hosting, and sharing this archived presentation. Direct Link to Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bErjT5zi_9s

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 32: August 2018

August 5, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week # 32: August 2018

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! Here are some posts that you may have missed. Monday – 5 Ways to Support Self-Advocacy in AAC Learners Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: Let’s Hit the Town, AAC Style Thursday – Making AAC Core Vocabulary Materials You might be interested in these posts if you have time for a little more reading. Back to School with AAC A Collaborative Approach to Implementing Core Vocabulary in a School-based Setting Goodbye, Summer! A Clinician Preps AAC Materials for the New School Year Essential Tricks for Supporting AAC in Schools AAC in the High School Classroom: Where Core Vocabulary Meets Life Skills

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #24: June 2018

June 10, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #24: June 2018

Happy Sunday, AAC friends! Before you start the work week, take a look at some of our posts from the week. Monday – PrAACtically Reading with Karen Natoci: How Do You Know It’s Summer?  Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday – Video of the Week: AT for Writing Thursday –  PrAACtical Resources: AAC Tag Still have time for a little more AAC? Here are some past posts to browse. AAC in the High School Classroom: Where Core Vocabulary Meets Life Skills PrAACtical Teaching in the ASD Classroom: Shared Reading AAC in the Classroom: Presentations You May Have Missed Developing AAC Policies for Schools Cooking in the Classroom with Carol Goossens’

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AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #16: April 2018

April 15, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

AAC Posts from PrAACtical Week #16: April 2018

Happy Sunday, AAC friends. Here are some posts from the week gone by. Monday –  PrAACtical Resources: Structured Play Groups Tuesday – AAC Link Up Wednesday –  Video of the Week: Aided Language Input – How Much Language Should We Model? Thursday – “We don’t ‘do’ AAC.” :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Have time for a little more AAC reading? Here are a handful of posts to browse. How I Do It: Writing IEP Goals for Students Who Use AAC with Lauren Enders Documenting AT in the IEP 5 Reasons to Put AAC Training for Staff and Parents into the IEP AAC and the IEP: 5 Resources to Explore PrAACtical Resources: AT in the IEP Have a wonderful week!

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Video of the Week: AT in the IEP

April 4, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

Video of the Week: AT in the IEP

If you work in school settings and serve students with AAC needs, or if you have a school-aged child who uses AAC, today’s featured video is an important one for you. Lisa Lightner, parent, disability rights leader, and author of the popular blog A Day In Our Shoes, shares useful information of interest to families and professionals alike. The webinar was sponsored by the Center on Technology and Disability (CTD).  Direct Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5spq37ooWRk&feature=push-u&attr_tag=ayID2iP5sKPBsTQX-6 Interested in this topic? Check out some of the other work by the CTD on AT in the IEP here. Kudos to the CTD and Lisa Lightner for creating this presentation and making it available to all.

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PrAACtical Resources: AAC for School Staff

March 29, 2018 by - Leave your thoughts

PrAACtical Resources: AAC for School Staff

Looking for a learning resource that goes beyond a quick overview and covers some of the details about providing AAC to school-aged children? Today, we visit an online learning site by the UK Department for Education called Communication-Augmentative and Assistive Strategies. It has wonderful information on a variety of AAC topics and downloadable resources for topics such as low tech AAC, vocabulary selection, and becoming a good communication partner. Take your time to explore this learning module and all of the resources it has to offer.

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